W. Corbett Distinguished Service Professor
M. Gibson, Ph.D. (Emeritae)
University of California, Berkeley
Teaching Professor Emeritae/i
B. Marsh, Ph.D.
University of Rochester
E. Benenson, Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin
F. Ratcliff, Ph.D.
University of Pittsburgh
W. Scholz, Ph.D.
University of Freiburg (Germany)
D. Levitas, Ph.D.
M. Roth, Ph.D.
University of California, Los Angeles
Sajjad Alam, Ph.D.
California Institute of Technology
P. Das, Ph.D.
University of Calcutta
B. Garg, Ph.D.
University of Paris
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
E. Kaloyeros, Ph.D.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
C. Kimball, Ph.D.
University of Chicago
A. Lanford, Ph.D.
University of Rochester
F. Ratcliff. Ph.D.
University of Pittsburgh
P. Lanni, M.A.
University at Albany
E. Geer, Ph.D.
University of Minnesota
A. Ernst, Ph.D.
University of Rochester
M. Lee, Ph.D.
University of Western Ontario, Canada
Adjuncts (estimated): 12
Assistants (estimated): 25
objective of the department is to provide students a solid foundation in both
classical and modern physics. Students are prepared either to undertake graduate
study in physics, to apply physics principles and techniques successfully for
advanced work in other disciplines, to enter industry usefully, or to teach
in the secondary schools. Along with courses in classical mechanics, electromagnetic
theory, atomic and nuclear physics, and thermal physics, students learn modern
experimental techniques, principles of quantum mechanics, and applications.
Elective courses in other sciences and independent study and research with faculty
members in the active research fields of the department are encouraged as part
of the practical emphasis. Courses in environmental problems, astronomy and
space physics, applications of nuclear physics, physics in the arts, and physical
science for humanists bring physics concepts to the nonmajor.
holding the bachelor's degree in physics find employment as laboratory
or theoretical research assistants in physics or engineering, high-level medical
technicians, science writers and editors, computer programmers, and secondary
school teachers. A bachelor's degree in physics can be an ideal background
for advanced study in other sciences, engineering, and the business and medical
professions. A graduate degree in physics opens a broad spectrum of opportunities
in pure and applied research in academia and industry.
student-faculty interaction is possible and is encouraged by the department.
Computer use at all levels of instruction is afforded by means of terminals
in the Joseph Henry Physics Building. Very modern equipment is available in
all laboratories. Opportunities for valuable experience, training, and financial
support exist in the form of undergraduate assistantships in the research and
teaching laboratories. The Society of Physics Students sponsors popular talks,
tours to nearby laboratories, and social events. The society offers tutorial
services, computer clinics, and has its own library. It conducts tours of our
facilities for students and the general public. It also supplies information
on opportunities after the B.S. degree. The department has a chapter of Sigma
Pi Sigma, the national physics honor society.
students interested in engineering, there are available 3-2 programs with
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Clarkson University, SUNY at New Paltz, and
SUNY at Binghamton. Students in these programs spend their first three years
at this campus and the last two at the other. The tuition is at the University
at Albany rate for the first three years only. Upon successful completion of
the programs, students are awarded a B.S. in Physics from the University at
Albany and a B.S. in Engineering from the other institution.
for the Major in Physics
B.S. program requires the following 66 credits: (1) The introductory
physics sequence of A Phy 140 , 150, and 240 (or the honors sequence 141,
151, and 241). (2) The lab sequence which accompanies these courses is A Phy
145, 155, and 245. (3) Higher level physics courses, A Phy 230, 250, 320,
335Z, 340, 350, 440, 450, and 460. (4) Chemistry courses, A Chm 120 and
121 (or the more advanced 130 and 131). (5) Mathematics calculus courses, A Mat
112 and 113 (or the honors courses 118 and 119; or A Mat 101 and 111 and 113)
and A Mat 214. (6) A mathematics elective. This is an additional math course
chosen from A Mat 220, 314, 367, or 412. (7) An additional Physics course
numbered 300 or higher. (8) An additional science elective. This is a course
in Atmospheric Science, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, or Geology, which
is required of a major in these disciplines.
honors program in physics is designed for outstanding students enrolled in the
may apply for admission to the honors program by submitting a letter of request
to the department chair no later than April 15 of the sophomore year (for admission
in the fall) or November 15 of the junior year (for admission in the spring).
Junior transfers may apply at the time of their admission to the University.
Primary emphasis will be placed on indications of academic ability and maturity
sufficient for applicants to pursue with distinction a program involving independent
minimum requirements for admission follow:
Completion of A Phy 140 or 141, 150 or 151, 240 or 241, 250 or their equivalents;
An overall grade point average of 3.30;
A grade point average of 3.60 in physics courses required for the major;
Written recommendations from at least three faculty members, one of whom, preferably,
should be from outside the Department of Physics.
in the program must maintain both a minimum grade point average of 3.30 overall
and of 3.60 in physics courses taken to satisfy major requirements during the
junior and senior years. The progress of participants in the honors program
will be reviewed at the end of the junior year by the Departmental Honors Committee.
Students not meeting the standards above at that time may be precluded from
continuing in the program during their senior year.
in the honors program are required to complete a minimum of 72 credits as follows:
the 66 credits specified for the general program in physics; 3 credits of Honors
Seminar in Physics (A Phy 498); and 3 credits of Research and/or Independent
Study in Physics (A Phy 497). The independent study must include an honors
research project culminating in a written report by the end of the student's
completion of the requirements above, the records of candidates will be reviewed
by the Departmental Honors Committee. After consideration of overall academic
record, performance and accomplishments in the independent study project(s),
the quality of the Honors Seminar, and the evaluations of departmental faculty
members who have supervised these activities, a recommendation for or against
a degree with honors will be made by the committee to the departmental faculty.
The final recommendation will be made by the departmental faculty and transmitted
by the chair.
combined B.S./M.S. program in physics provides an opportunity for students of
recognized academic ability and educational maturity to fulfill integrated requirements
of undergraduate and master's degree programs at the beginning of the
junior year. A carefully designed program can permit a student to earn the B.S.
and M.S. degrees within nine semesters.
combined program requires a minimum of 138 credits, of which at least 30 must
be graduate credits. In qualifying for the B.S., students must meet all University
and college requirements including the requirements of the undergraduate major
described previously, the minimum 60-credit liberal arts and sciences requirement,
general education requirements, and residency requirements. In qualifying for
the M.S., students must meet all University and college requirements as outlined
in the Graduate Bulletin, including completion of a minimum of 30 graduate credits
and any other conditions such as a research seminar, thesis, comprehensive examination,
professional experience, and residency requirements. Up to 12 graduate credits
may be applied simultaneously to both the B.S. and M.S. programs.
519 may be substituted for A Phy 335 or 335Z in meeting the B.S. requirements,
enabling Phy 519 to be one of the graduate courses applied simultaneously to
the undergraduate and graduate programs.
may apply to the Graduate Committee for admission to the combined degree program
in physics at the beginning of their junior year or after the successful completion
of 56 credits, but no later than the accumulation of 100 credits. A cumulative
grade point average of 3.20 or higher and three supportive letters of recommendation
from faculty are required for consideration.